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implicate

[ im-pli-keyt ]
/ ˈɪm plɪˌkeɪt /
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verb (used with object), im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing.

to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner: to be implicated in a crime.
to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence: The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.

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Origin of implicate

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin implicātus, past participle of implicāre “to interweave,” equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) “to ply2 ” + -ātus -ate1
1. See involve.
un·im·pli·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for implicate

implicate
/ (ˈɪmplɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to show to be involved, esp in a crime
to involve as a necessary inference; implyhis protest implicated censure by the authorities
to affect intimatelythis news implicates my decision
rare to intertwine or entangle
implicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv), adjectiveimplicatively, adverb
C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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